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Spies home podium hopes thwarted

MotoGP rookie Ben Spies was on the verge of attacking Valentino Rossi for what could have been a home US Grand Prix podium, when he ran wide on lap 25 of 32.

After dropping back in the early stages, Spies had worked hard to get within striking distance of the injured seven time champion, who went on to finish third, but the 'moment' dropped him back behind countryman Nicky Hayden and Spies finished sixth at the flag.

“I got a really good start and was third but then for the next couple of laps I just couldn't get my speed up fast enough," he said of his slow early laps. "The group in front pulled a bit of a gap on me but once I found my rhythm I caught Nicky and Valentino pretty quickly.

"I passed Nicky and got right on the back of Valentino and it was a good fight with him. I was actually going to attack him on the next lap when I had a problem entering the final corner on lap 25," he said.

"I ran wide and lost out and although it wasn't the podium I wanted in front of my home crowd, I'm happy because I had the speed to come through the field and I had the speed to be on the podium. I couldn't quite finish the job and that was down to me."

Spies still finished as the top satellite rider, the top rookie and - with Randy de Puniet missing the race through injury - is now the top satellite rider in the world championship.

"I'd rather leave here knowing I could have been on the podium rather than leave here in eighth place and not on the pace. I can't ask for a lot more because I'm in the top six again, leading non-factory rider in the race again and putting up a strong fight, so I'm not too upset," he declared.

Team-mate and fellow Texan Colin Edwards finished one place behind Spies, but was over 20 seconds slower.

“I'm really happy with the way I rode all weekend and there was nothing more I could have done," he insisted. "Fighting for seventh is not really where I want to be in my home race, but compared to where I have been recently it is a big improvement and thanks to all my guys at the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 crew for all their effort.

"I had a good early battle with Melandri and Simoncelli and that was fun and I made a couple of good moves on them because I was quite a bit faster. Once I got by Simoncelli I put my head down to see if I could break them and that's what I did. But I couldn't even see the group in front of me and I just slowed my pace up a little bit because it made no sense to crash out of my home race when I was never going to catch them up.

"I was pretty much stuck in seventh all weekend and I never really had the pace of the leading group. But I'm closer to where I know I should be and the upgrades from Yamaha were a help and I can look forward to a good break confident of a strong second half of the season."



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RawDawg

July 26, 2010 3:02 PM
Last Edited 572 days ago

@Mike Hock Some of the fans wanted him to get a podium at his home race - so what. Isn't that natural? Spies never predicted a podium and only stated he hoped to have the pace. The thing is I don't think he blew anything - he had a damn good race. Some of you are acting like he had a bad race and "blew it" because he didn't beat the factory boys when no one else on a satellite bike was even in the picture - the closest satellite rider was CE who was 20sec back. It would be different if other satellite riders where winning or getting podiums but they are not. So how is that fact that Spies didn't is a bad race or he blew it? Do I wish he would have done better? Yes. But it wasn't be. There is no need to make any excuses for being the top satellite rider - there is no shame in that at all. If you read your post and others it's as if he was a failure - he wasn't. He had a good race and probably learn some things that he could build on.

RawDawg

July 26, 2010 2:24 PM

@Mike Hock So who is closer to the factory boys on a satellite bike than Spies? He's the only satellite rider to podium so far this year. Besides Melandri who had 1 5th and RDP who had a 4th, he's the only satellite guy to have 3 top 5 finishes. So to say he's "nowhere near ready yet" is a complete understatement. There are people who are much more qualified than any of us who think different. He's 6th in the championship behind all factory bikes. If he isn't ready than over half the field isn't either.



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